LAPD chief: My officers won’t comply with Trump’s immigration ban

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said his department won’t comply with President Trump’s orders for police officers to help the federal government detain undocumented immigrations for deportation.

“This is not our job, nor will I make it our job,” Beck said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.

Beck told the LA Times that if the LAPD were to spend more resources on immigration, it would be all they could do.

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“We couldn’t deport 500,000 people if we wanted to, and if we did, it would be at the expense of public safety,” Beck said.

Beck said he believes a better way to weaken immigration would be to strengthen Mexico’s economy. 

“We have a very rich country with a lot of opportunity that is immediately adjacent to a poorer country with less opportunity,” Beck said.

Additionally, Beck said he believes instilling a fear in undocumented immigrations over deportation would make them less willing to work with police officers on criminal investigations.

Beck said he would be willing to risk losing millions of dollars in federal funding if the Trump administration chooses to punish cities unwilling to comply with his executive orders.

“I’d risk losing my beliefs,” by complying, Beck said. “There’s not a price for me to do this differently.”